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Midlife Crisis

What's Different About Midlife?

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 04.24.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

In retrospect, I think I was somehow lucky the day I lost my job and my career back in the spring of 2004. No one could have convinced me at the time, but I now see that apparent misfortune as the opportunity of a lifetime. I finally had the time to contemplate my past choices.

Negotiating Normal Midlife Changes

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 04.15.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

We all fear changes in our lives, and most of us associate change with negative results. That's why I like to re-frame the idea of change by pointing out that without change, nothing in this world would ever get better.

Why I Want My Husband To Have a Midlife Crisis

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

We entered our forties together and, after a few years, I fell apart. But he did not and it didn't seem fair. I thought we were in this together.

Are You Sliding Down The Midlife Viceberg?

Penny Love | Posted 04.06.2013 | Fifty
Penny Love

I know a great deal about fitness. I also know a great deal about vices. More specifically, I know a great deal about fitness and drinking. It's a love story. The two go together like ebony and ivory.

What Does Midlife Mean?

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

I went through the most devastating time in my life starting around age 39. First, I married the wrong man, got divorced seven years later, and soon after, lost my job and 25-year career at age 49.

Is 50 A Turning Point? (EXCERPT)

Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty

The following is an excerpt from the new book "Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment" by Katrina Kenison. I tried to sneak past my fift...

FACE IT: Cyber Love For Aging Women?

Michele Willens | Posted 03.29.2013 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Whatever has spurred my momentary malaise, it is time for action, to prove I am not invisible, that I am not as predictable as I appear. But how to make mine a more 'interesting' story? Several possible scenarios come to mind.

'There's Courage in Trying' -- Especially in Midlife

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 03.18.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

When I ran into my own life crisis around age 49 -- a divorce and losing my job for the first time ever -- I took the time to sit and consider what I wanted more of in life. I decided I wanted more fun and meaning, but I did not realize at the time how much courage these goals would require.

What if We're Not Gorgeous When We're Old?

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

Aging has got to be OK; we have no choice. We hope for the day when women and men are not devalued for not being young, when they don't feel impelled to "fix" their faces as a hedge against invisibility.

Why I Need The Company Of Women

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 03.09.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Normally, when it comes to movies, I'm a Bond kind of gal. Last week, between the cruddy news in the world and the looming changes in my own nest, I found myself in a bathrobe-wearing, chocolate-grazing sort of mood, for which the only cure is to watch a movie about women, starring women, and for women.

Why The Midlife Crisis Is A Total Myth

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 03.06.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Midlife crisis. We hardly even question the term any more. A staple of our pop culture, the midlife crisis appears in movies, TV sitcoms, news stories, commentaries and magazine ads for red sports cars. But is the idea of a midlife crisis really a myth?

Are Middle-Aged Women Done With Men?

Vicki Larson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Not too long ago, I asked a friend how she's doing. After a long pause, she said, "I keep wondering if this is all there is." A lot of us have that feeling.

How To Turn 40 Without Freaking Out

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 03.05.2013 | Women
Claudia Zelevansky

I want to be that person for whom this looming event has no meaning. I met someone like that yesterday, but instead of absorbing her wisdom, all I could think was that she was a big, fat (tall, skinny) liar in very high-end gym clothes. I almost hissed.

40 Things 'This Is 40' Gets Right About Middle Age

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Lois Alter Mark

I am over 50, but "This Is 40," the new movie starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, empowered me more than any self-help book I've read about middle age and long-term marriage. And I've read a lot.

How A Motorcycle Accident Changed My Life

Kevin Ryan | Posted 02.13.2013 | Fifty
Kevin Ryan

In my 50s I looked at the walls around me -- marriage, work, lifestyle - and wondered if they were keeping my life together or keeping life out. I know people who seem perfectly content with their lives. That ain't me.

Why My Life Resembles The Film 'You've Got Mail'

Donna Highfill | Posted 02.11.2013 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I cried my eyes out the other night watching the movie "You've Got Mail." The scene in which Meg Ryan's character shuts down her mother's bookstore just destroyed me. And, somehow, that particular moment in the movie reminded me of what life has felt like in my 50s.

Humans Aren't The Only Ones Who Have Midlife Crises

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 11.19.2012 | Green

NEW YORK -- Chimpanzees going through a midlife crisis? It sounds like a setup for a joke. But there it is, in the title of a report published Monday...

What Does A Midlife Crisis Look Like For Women?

Posted 11.08.2012 | Fifty

Midlife crises have long been considered a purely male experience, up there with forgetting to put the toilet seat down or having a hard time talking ...

My So-Called Midlife Transition

Tamsin Eva | Posted 12.24.2012 | Parents
Tamsin Eva

They say that if you suspect you have a drinking problem, you have one. My best guess is that the same goes for midlife transitions.

Why Is Midlife Such a Downer?

Jed Diamond | Posted 12.19.2012 | Fifty
Jed Diamond

I think of my own life in my 40's and 50's as being pretty stressful. It didn't occur to me that everyone else in the world was going through the same things.

On Do-Overs, Lessons Learned and Second-Chances

Nancy Sherr | Posted 12.16.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Sherr

While we don't get a "do over" when it comes to our youth, we can use much of what we've learned in hindsight to help us live more zestfully in midlife.

The Joy of Learning

Diana M. Raab | Posted 12.11.2012 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Most of us really do not change that much as we age, but our deeper interests might become even more apparent.

Am I Having A Midlife Crisis?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.03.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Jim Taylor

I've been pretty darned restless for about six months now and I just haven't been able to shake the feeling. I wasn't sure what to make of this unsettled feeling because I've got a really good life. Then, I received an email from one of my best friends who now lives in London.

How We Filled Our Empty Nest

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I clicked on a website. "Hey," I sat up straight. "Take a look at this." He glanced over, and then his eyes caught. I nodded. He moved closer. "What do you think?" My voice was quiet.

'What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?' Is The Wrong Question

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.14.2012 | Fifty
Maggie Lamond Simone

I don't know what I enjoy anymore. I hadn't anticipated that it would ever come up, apparently, because in the grand plan of my life, I didn't plan for this. I knew I wanted to have kids, and I knew I wanted to be a writer. I've done both, yet suddenly they're not enough.